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Contes de La Fontaine

Illustrated by Édouard de Beaumont (French, 1821–1888), Etched by Emile Boilvin (French, 1845–1899), Illustrated by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), Illustrated by Jacques Louis François Touzé (French, 1747–1807), Etched by Tiburce de Mare (French, 1840–1900), Author Jean de La Fontaine (French, 1621–1695), Preface by Paul Lacroix (French, 1806–1884), Publisher Librairie des Bibliophiles, Publisher Damase Jouast (French, 1834–1893), Publisher L. Conquet (French, 19th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France


Overall: 22.5 x 15.5 x 4 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 11 etchings, each in two states--extra-illustrated with 60 etchings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles [Editions Jouast], 1885) Octavo, two vols. in one; (1) [2 ff.] xxxix, 204 pp., plus plates; (2) [2 ff.] 290 pp. [1 f.], plus plates (including extra-illustrations and 1881 title page to Conquet series of plates); contemporary half gilt-stamped red morocco, marbled paper boards (V. Champs; original publisher’s printed wrappers bound in).

Literary illustrations; author portraits.

Paris: Librairie des Bibliophiles [Editions Jouast], 1885


Acquired in 1905 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent